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HE SHOOTS…HE SCORES!! AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN …

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My 17 year-old son just went out of his way to make me look bad. Those of you with children – especially children of the teenage variety – will understand. I’ve been his hockey coach for most of his life. In the early years, I was there to help him get his gear on...

THIS CIRCUS NEEDS A RINGMASTER

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As I write this blog, I am sitting in my parent’s living room surrounded by boxes and vacuum cleaners waiting for their cell phone to ring. We would all prefer to be doing other things – almost ANY other thing – that would bring us closer to them being moved into their new...

HERMAN NEEDS A NEW FINANCIAL ADVISOR…

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I’ve been a Herman cartoon fan since the day I read my first cartoon…I think it was Hal the deer bemoaning the bulls-eye shaped birthmark on his chest, and I haven’t stopped laughing at them since (OK, I guess you had to be there)!  But for me, among the most memorable of...

CAVEAT DO-IT-YOURSELFERS!

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As a child, among the most feared events of the month was haircut day.  These were the days before Supercuts or First Choice Haircutters, and in our home Mom did the honours.  While Mom never pulled out the legendary bowl that seemed to shape the dominant hairstyle of the day...

TAMING THE LIZARD

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Every so often we encounter a situation that just drips with irony. A few days ago, I had one of those moments that will likely stick with me for a looong time. I was driving to the mall on the day before my wife’s birthday (one of the few events that will actually get me into...

GOT CHILDREN? TEACH THE TRIFECTA OF BASIC MONEY MANAGEMEN

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“Prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child”.  The wise adage was on my mind when my wife and I formulated our approach to instilling (or trying to…) sound financial principles in our boys.  In my last post, I promised that I would use today to share...

SURVIVING THE MONEY MOSH PIT

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We have a neat little plaque on display in our home…it’s in my sight-line on the windowsill as I type this post.  We’ve had it for many years – since our children (now late-teens) were very young – and I have to say that its simple message has served us...

SAVING FOR TOMORROW, TOMORROW

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Came across an insightful video today that helps us understand why saving is such an elusive habit. According to Shlomo Benartzi (TED Talks, November 2011), “Self-control is not a problem in the future. It’s only a problem now when the chocolate is next to us.” How...

A NOTE TO MY FUTURE SELF

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Today is the start a short series of posts that I intend to tie together with some concrete steps that will help parents help their children build sound money habits that will equip them well for the future, and potentially even future generations. My wife and I enjoy watching...

CASH VALUES…HOW I’VE MYTHED YOU!

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OK, right now I’m ticked.  I was preparing a blog post that addressed how life insurance is the most unique financial instrument in the world today, but in doing some research I happened across some sites written by self-proclaimed experts that made my blood boil.  And of...